07 April 2006

The Third Battle of New Orleans March 2006 Flickr Photostream

As Lake Pontchartrain began to recede from it's storm surged height (and therefore the lakewater trapped within the failed levee protection system of the City of New Orleans as well), a new problem arose: fires. What's that adage about "water, water everywhere?" Well, in this case, it wasn't needed to drink but to put out fires by a stretched-thin, exhausted New Orleans Fire Department. Getting the equipment to the site of the fire was the first challenge. The second one: fighting a fire with little or no water pressure. One NOFD firefighter told me back in January that there were a couple of times in the post-KTMB "Brownie" days firefighters were down to throwing rocks and bricks at the burning buildings to try to get certain walls or beams to fall a certain way because fighting the fire with water wasn't an option. My greatest fear was that the portions of New Orleans that actually survived the flooding--the areas with the greatest historical value and importance--were then going to burn down to the ground. Luckily, in the weeks following the storm my worse-case scenario did not unfold, but a fair amount of houses and buildings were destroyed from fire in the weeks following 29 August 2005.

The picture above taken yesterday shows an area overcome by fire on South Carrollton and Pritchard Place where six (or seven) houses, including the one above which was the former home of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, have been reduced to charred rubble. The black lines on the base of the Pritchard Place lions statue continue to serve as proof of the two to three foot floodwater along this portion of South Carrollton Avenue.

More pictures of these houses, along with a variety of shots taken around New Orleans over the past month can be seen here:

The Third Battle of New Orleans March 2006 Flickr Photostream


At April 07, 2006 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is no one seriously discussing fair offshore royalties (not even Harry). We should be in the streets (with NO flags!). Louisiana is not a US colony. Why do we sit back and accept being treated that way? A fair share of royalties on the oil and gas that come from our waters would pay for the levees to protect our ports many times over.

At April 16, 2006 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened at pritchard and carrollton was a disgrase. ask the people that live there. i lived there and when we went back found out that looters had ransacked those homes and then set them on fire. it's just that the city refuses to admit it. those of us that lived there are so disguisted that what really happened has been ignored.


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